What exactly is Google Voice?

Google Voice is a Google voicemail service that allows users to send complimentary text messages, customize their voicemail, read voicemail text transcripts, and more. Google Voice, which previously required a Google Voice invite code to activate, is now free for all Gmail users.

How to Make Use of Google Voice

When users sign up for Google Voice, they are assigned a single phone number that they can use across devices and locations, including mobile phones, desk phones, work phones, and VoIP lines. This allows users to manage all of their phones with a single number, allowing them to customize which phone rings based on specific callers.

While many of these features are available for free, others, such as call recording, are only available with paid accounts.

How Does Google Voice Function?

We’ve explained how to use it, but what exactly does Google Voice do? The following are the most important Google Voice features:

  • Before picking up the phone, check your voicemail.
  • Set specific phones to ring based on the caller.
  • Call distribution
  • Transcripts of voicemails
  • Low-cost international calls
  • Call recording on Google Voice
  • Voicemail notification via email or SMS
  • Customize the voicemail greeting for specific callers.
  • Call filtering
  • Google Voice SMS/text messaging is free.
  • Calling a conference
  • During a call, switch phone devices.
  • Within North America, you can make free PC-to-phone calls.
  • Worldwide free PC-to-PC voice and video calling

Is Google Voice a free service?

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Setting up Google Voice is free, as are the Google Voice apps, but some features, such as number porting, require payment. Making international calls with Google Voice also has a cost, which varies depending on where you call.

How to Configure Google Voice

To obtain a Google Voice number, you must first determine which Google Voice setup is best for your needs (different kinds of Google Voice accounts are listed below). After deciding on an account type, proceed to the Google Voice signup page and follow the instructions. You’ll be prompted to set up Google Voice, with the option of creating a new Google Voice number or using an existing number.

Following that, you’ll choose a PIN to retrieve your messages and access your Google Voice settings from your phone. After that, you’ll be prompted to enter a forwarding number. When someone calls your Google Voice number, the forwarding number is the phone that will ring. Finally, you must verify your phone. When Google Voice calls your forwarding phone, it will provide you with a numerical code to enter in order to verify that the phone number you provided is correct.

Google Voice Phone Number

A Google Voice number provides users with a single number that can receive calls from all of their phones. Users can configure their accounts so that when someone calls their Google Voice phone number, it rings on all of their phones or just the phones they specify.

Google Voice Basic (Voicemail Only)

Google Voice Lite provides users with a single voicemail for all mobile phones. Users can add an existing phone number to their Google Voice account and then personalize greetings, receive voicemail transcripts, and so on. A user’s voicemail functions similarly to email in Google Voice Lite; voicemail messages can be stored in a user’s Google Voice inbox, which can be accessed online and via mobile phones.

Sprint Google Voice

Google Voice on Spring combines Google Voice functionality with Spring phones. Sprint customers can use their Sprint phone number as their Google Voice number, eliminating the need for a completely separate Google Voice phone number to deal with.

Sprint customers can also get a Google Voice number and have it replace their Sprint number. This option may be preferred by users who already have a Google Voice number.

Number Portability

Users can port their mobile phone number to Google Voice using number porting. This allows users to use all of the features and customizable options of their Google Voice number without having to obtain a new, separate number. There is a charge for number porting.

Rates for Google Voice

Outbound calls to domestic and international destinations can be made from the Google Voice mobile app, the Google Voice web-based application, or by dialing their Google Voice phone number in the United States.

Domestic and outbound Google Voice calls to the United States and Canada are free from the United States and Canada and costs $0.01 per minute from the rest of the world.

Google Voice international rates vary; specific information can be found on the official Google Voice international rates page.

How does Google Voice function?

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Google Voice is a surprisingly simple service to use and set up.

The service operates over a broadband connection, so it will function properly as long as you have access to your home or office network.

When you sign up for the first time, you can port your existing phone number or get a new one. If you select the latter, you must enter your area code and select a phone number. If you’re concerned about the digits of the phone number (for example, if you’re a business and want a vanity number that people can dial), you can enter your desired digits and see if they’re available.

You can create your voicemail message once you have your phone number (which happens instantly). You can then begin making phone calls or computer calls. You can also send and receive text messages using the service.

When you receive a voicemail in Google Voice, you can access it in the app and have a transcript (and recording) sent to your e-mail address.

When you receive a call, you’ll hear an alert that someone is calling the Google Voice number, especially if you have your Google Voice forwarded to your cell phone. You will then be given the option of responding or not. If you decide to call back, you can have your Google Voice number appear on the person’s caller ID instead of the number from your iPhone or Android device.

And it’s beautiful if you want your phone number to ring on multiple devices. It’s beneficial in corporate settings where multiple people may need to answer the company’s phone line.

Is it possible to use Google Voice on an iPhone?

As previously stated, Google Voice works flawlessly on Android and the Web, but you may wonder if it will also work on an iPhone. Fortunately, Google provides a free app in the App Store that allows you to use Google Voice on your iPhone (or iPad or iPod Touch). You can listen to voicemails, make calls, and send text messages from the app, just like you can from the Android app or the browser.

How do I configure Google Voice?

If you’re setting up Google Voice for the first time, you’ll be relieved to know that the process is quite simple. Here’s a quick rundown:

  1. Go to voice.google.com, log in to your Google account, and click the Get Google Voice button.
  2. You can sign up on your iPhone or Android device, but for the sake of this tutorial, we’ll use the Web sign-up.
  3. After accepting the terms and conditions, click Continue to proceed to the page where you can find or select a phone number.
  4. When you’ve found your winner, select Select from the list of options and proceed to verify your existing number.
  5. In this pane, you must confirm with Google that you have an existing phone number. Remember that the number you enter here will be the first line of call forwarding from Google Voice to the number.
  6. After clicking the Verify button and entering your phone number, Google will text you a code that you must enter into Google Voice. Take that code and enter it here. Click the Verify button.
  7. After verifying your phone number, Google requires you to tap Claim to take control of the number officially. If you do that, you’ll be fine.


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